November 11th, 2014
BERNE (Reuters) – Latvian club Daugava Daugavpils are being investigated for match-fixing over their 7-1 defeat to Elfsborg in a qualifying match for last season’s Champions League, European football’s governing body UEFA said on Friday.Categories: bribery, Corruption, Europe,
November 9th, 2014
The four, who have been held without charge for the past year, will have their detention extended, said the Ministry of Home Affairs.
SINGAPORE: Four people accused of being involved in a global football match-fixing syndicate have had their detention extended, said the Ministry of Home Affairs in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 8).
The four Singaporeans, along with 10 others, were detained last year for trying to rig football matches. The four have been detained without charge for the past year, after the detention order was issued on Oct 2, 2013.
One of the four is understood to be Dan Tan, also known as Tan Seet Eng, a Singaporean businessman suspected of being the head of a global football match-fixing syndicate. He had earlier filed a legal challenge against his detention without trial, and is currently being held under a special law that allows for indefinite detention. Singapore authorities invoked the special law due to the difficulty of finding evidence against Tan.
As provided for under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act, Detention Orders are for a duration of up to 12 months and every case is reviewed annually by an independent Advisory Committee, said the MHA.
The Committee will submit its recommendation to the President who will act on the advice of Cabinet in deciding whether to extend or vary the Order, and each extension is for a duration of up to 12 months, MHA added.
The arrest of the four suspects had “effectively dismantled” the match-fixing syndicate, said Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs, while reiterating Singapore’s continued efforts to stamp out match-fixing.
“Singapore will do our part to support global effort to stamp out crime and preserve the integrity of sports,” said Mr Masagos. “We will maintain our zero tolerance approach towards corruption and in this context for match-fixing. Offenders have and will continue to be dealt with firmly and resolutely under our laws.”
He made these comments while attending the Securing Sport Conference 2014 in London. Organised by the International Centre for Sport Security, the conference “brings together senior officials, Ministers and decision makers who have a stake to eradicate corruption and fraud from sports”, said Mr Masagos.
Last year, European police said a Singapore-based syndicate had made €8 million (S$12.9 million) from rigging at least 380 football games in Europe alone. In an interview with CNN in August, Wilson Raj Perumal – a former associate of Tan – claimed he made around S$6.2 million in match-fixing.Categories: Asia, bribery, Corruption, Singapore,
November 7th, 2014 Categories: Africa, Asia, bribery, Corruption, Education, Europe, Human Rights,
November 5th, 2014
From here By: Mike Cardillo
Newsflash: FIFA head honcho Sepp Blatter might, stress miiiiiiiight not be the most ethically accountable person in a position of power in the world. Hopefully you were sitting down when you read that.
FIFA and Sepp have been dogged over the process that awarded Russia and Qatar the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, respectively, for years. Allegations of corruption and bribery tainted both bids. In 2012 FIFA appointed an investigator, Michael J. Garcia, to investigate the process. The former U.S. attorney spent 18 months compiling a 350-page report.
Problem is, according to a new story by Sam Borden in the New York Times, no one will ever see the report. Okay, that’s not entire accurately. Borden writes that four people have seen it — Garcia, his deputy, and someone on the FIFA ethics committee and his deputy. Members of FIFA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) met last month in Zurich and some (namely U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati) wanted it released publicly, after appropriate redactions.
Not only were these attempts shot down, but Blatter later lied that there was any attempt to make Garcia’s report public.
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November 3rd, 2014
FIFA’s decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar has been heavily criticized since the final vote in 2010, with allegations of corruption within FIFA and Qatar’s record of human rights violations leading many to call for the decision to be reversed. The challenges of holding the world’s biggest tournament in western Asia during the summer months — when temperatures in Doha reach an average high of 106 degrees — seem unsolvable. Qatari officials have promised to spend $4 billion on air conditioned stadiums to protect players and fans, but not everyone is convinced.
FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger told German newspaper Bild that he does not think the tournament will take place in Qatar.Categories: Africa, Asia, Human Rights,
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